The Internet is a Home Educator’s best friend. In the past, homeschoolers relied, to varying degrees, on the local public library and the postman. Now, with always-on internet and smart phones, information is available in seconds. I have bookmarked hundreds of websites in my 6 years of homeschooling and find additional ones everyday. Here is a list of helpful websites for homeschoolers. This list doesn’t scratch the surface when it comes to learning tools, but it’s a good start.
- EnchantedLearning - I used this site as a paying member for a number of years as they have great printables available for every subject you can think of in elementary school.
- EdHelper - Also a site that is worth its membership. EdHelper offers worksheets and lesson plans from preschool up to the High School.
- StarFall.com - StarFall is great for the beginning reader. It’s an interactive site that engages the children and gets them excited about reading.
As he’s gotten older, we have also come to rely on these websites for great information:
- YouTube- The first website I turn to when I want to give a visual explanation to my son is YouTube. Many times, the subject matter is explained in a fun relatable way that really excites the learner.
- NationalGeographicKids - National Geographic for Kids has great information on animals, animal habitats, countries and cultures.
- Biology4Kids - This is a great site to supplement your Biology curriculum. It’s just one of five Science websites which include Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.
- KidsofIntegrity- This Focus on The Family Canada site has great character building lesson plans. It is bible based and can be used as bible study if one wishes. With topics including Generosity, Honesty, Attentiveness and Humility, this is a resource that can be used as a full year’s curriculum.
- SuperTeacherWorksheets - I relied heavily on Super Teacher Worksheets for supplemental worksheets when it was still a free site. They offer worksheets for Grades One - Five in everything from Math to Reading Comprehension. I still use their limited free worksheets, but I do say it is worth paying the low membership fee for access to the whole site.
- KhanAcademy- While I do not use Khan Academy regularly, I do have it bookmarked as it is a great reference for middle and high schoolers who need assistance in the areas of Math.
- FreelyEducate - Run by a homeschool mom, Freely Educate gives great FREE learning resources. You can find free curriculum, unit studies, lesson plans and worksheets.
As stated earlier, this is just the beginning of all the resources available online. In just a few minutes of your time, you can create your own library of websites for any subject area for your homeschool. It’s a great way to supplement or even create your own curriculum at home.